The latest NBA rumor states Kobe could demand a trade from the Lakers if Jerry West isn’t hired and given full control. Kobe Bryant wanting Jerry West back is clearly true, but the demanding a trade part is just hype. Kobe’s comments on the situation are below.
“I would love for him to be a part of this,” Bryant said. “But it’s not something where I demand he comes here. All I can do is offer my thoughts. I love being a Laker. I want to retire a Laker. I want to fix this thing, or at least help any way I can.” Source
Well this rumor is a load of BS, but I can see Kobe leaving if the Lakers can’t make out the first round in the next few years. Must be tough going from winning three championships and now not being able to win one playoff series. Anybody really see things changing for the Lakers? Kwame Brown is a bum, Odom is good when not injured and the rest of them are all suspect. The second half of Kobe’s career will definitely not be as fun as the first, without Shaq that is pretty much expected.